Just Add Water to Revive Rubbery Carrots, Wilted Lettuce, and Stale Bread
Food| | By Robin Milling
Water is an essential part of the human diet, and we need it to survive. We can go a month without food, but only a week or so without drinking water. Even vegetables require water to sustain them.
Did you know that just adding water provides some neat revival tricks in the kitchen for bread and veggies that are on their last legs? “The reason why carrots and other vegetables wilt like this is because they’re dehydrated,” food and lifestyle expert Alejandra Ramos told Inside Edition. To bring rubbery carrots back to life, simply put them into a jar filled with ice water that is tall enough to cover them and leave it for 30 minutes. Take them out and they’ll snap like a wishbone. You can use the same method for stale celery that has been ignored in the vegetable bin. Lettuce, in general, has a very short shelf life (about 5 to 7 days). Wilted lettuce can regain its crispiness by sitting in a bowl of ice water. Just swirl it around to shock it back to life. What about stale bread, like a baguette, that’s hard enough to crack a tooth when you bite into it? Just run the bread under water from the tap and place it into a preheated oven at 350 degrees. Ten minutes later you have bread that tastes like you bought or baked it that day. Sliced stale bread is no longer for the birds and the squirrels. You can bring it back to life by dipping a paper towel into a bowl of water and wrapping the bread inside the wet towel. Place in the microwave for 10 seconds and the bread is edible once again. Even four-day-old soggy french fries can live to see another mouth, this time by adding oil. “The instinct for fries is always to pop them back into the oven, but that’s wrong. It will leave them dry and shriveled up, which we don’t want. French fries are fried, so we’re just gonna fry them up again,” Ramos told Inside Edition. Water might be a saving grace for our veggies and bread, but there are some things that you definitely shouldn’t add water to. Make sure to SHARE this post with everyone you know who stocks their fridge!
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